Suspected Somali pirates have seized a merchant vessel carrying oil from The United Arab Emirates (UAE).
According to an official from Puntland, the vessel was hijacked Monday 13/3/2017 in the Indian Ocean of the Bari region, Puntland.
Puntland security forces report that the vessel might have been taken east coast of Alula district in Bari region of Puntland, Somalia.
The officer did not reveal the number of pirates involved in the attack against the merchant vessel.
The number of attacks by Somali pirates has dropped significantly in the past five years, this is the first reported attack on a merchant vessel off the coast of Somalia in more than five years.
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